Last year, the Calgary Zoo in Canada featured Kali, its resident grey wolf, in a promotional video. The zoo was doing an online survey, asking the public to vote for Canada’s greatest animal species. Over 11,000 people cast their votes. At the end of the video, Kali flashed onto the screen as the presenter declared the wolf the winner.
“So exciting,” the presenter said in the video. “Congratulations, Canada. And congratulations, grey wolf.”
This past Tuesday, less than a year after this campaign, Calgary Zoo euthanized Kali for a reason some animal welfare advocates are struggling to understand. According to a zoo employee who contacted Zoocheck, a Canadian animal protection organization, Calgary Zoo killed Kali simply to make room for a group of younger wolves.